A quaint neighborhood on a loop drive lights up for Christmas. It's Seattle's Candy Cane Lane.

The shopping’s done? The wallet’s empty? Cheap Fun is thinking of you. What better time for an evening drive to Candy Cane Lane?

Sure, there are lots of holiday lights to see around town (and most are free). But this fabled loop of Park Road, just off Seattle’s Ravenna Park, is like a distilled dose of quaint English village: 23 small brick houses with peaked roofs and arched doorways. (It was designed as a University of Washington architecture project in the 1920s.) And in December almost every house is festooned with lights, a tradition of more than 60 years. The decorations even spill out into the street, to a traffic island that holds an animated merry-go-round, with music playing. It’s high-octane Christmas cheer.

It’s free to visit. Canned food-bank donations are welcomed.

Enter on Park Road Northeast, off Northeast Ravenna Boulevard. Lights and music from 4 to 11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, and until midnight Dec. 24-25 and 31.

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Brian J. Cantwell, Seattle Times travel staff